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Orange Gova packs 4G, holds your hand through setup (photos)

Mobile network Orange has a new own-brand handset, the Gova, offering 4G and basic software to parts of Europe.

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Mobile network Orange has a new addition to its own-brand handsets in the form of the Gova. Based on the newly announced Huawei Ascend G6, the Gova has a 4.5-inch display and 4G connectivity and software additions that make it super simple for new smartphone users to get to grips with.

Orange's own-brand phones are aimed at central Europe -- the Gova will be available in Spain, Romania, Slovakia, Poland, Moldova, Luxembourg, Tunisia and Mauritius. The EE network icon pictured on this phone is for demonstration only -- it won't be coming to the UK. There's no official word on how much the Gova will cost, but it's expected to be free on contracts at around €30 per month.

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The phone is fairly plain, but it's not unattractive.
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It's quite slim, which makes it easy to hold.
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There's a 5-megapixel camera on the back.
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Can you think of a better name than "Gova"? Why not put your entries into the comments below.
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It has the same rounded bottom as Huawei's G6.
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And the headphone port is stuck awkwardly on the side.
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Power button and volume rocker sit on the side.
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There's a micro-USB port on the top.
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It comes in two colours; a nice blue or a more sombre grey colour.
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Orange doesn't yet know which region will get each colour.
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The phone runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.
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Orange has loaded up a lot of its own software, including a handy app that launches on first start up that takes you through the absolute basics of using a smartphone -- handy if you're making a step up from an old feature phone.
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Press and hold is one of the techniques you'll be familiar with.
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And a quick tap, of course.
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A handy addition is the ability to perform actions by performing gestures on screen.
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There are various pre-set gestures to choose from.
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Or you can create your own.
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Making the gesture on screen can load up any of your apps...
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...call a contact...
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...or load a Google Maps search taking you from your current location to any pre-set destination.
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The Gova will join the Reyo, which Orange released back in December.
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It's a 3G-only phone with a 5-inch display, dual-core chip and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean on board.
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The phone is available now in Romania, Slovakia, Poland and Spain.
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It's hardly the most beautiful of phones, but at €169, SIM-free, it's cheap.
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It comes with the same Orange software additions as the Gova.
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It has 4GB of storage, but you can expand that with a microSD card.
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On the back is a 5-megapixel camera.
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The overall Android interface is easy to use.
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Android 4.2.2 is pretty old, but on such a cheap phone, that's excusable.

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